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Royal School Student Tully Kearney has qualified for the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada, on 12- 18 August, 2013, joining the 32-strong British Gas Great Britain Disability Swimming Team. The Team was announced recently following the 2013 British International Disability Swim Championships held at the end of April in Sheffield.

At the Sheffield meet, Tully broke the British Record twice in the 100 Back on the first day in both the heat and the final, as well as clocking up personal bests in the 100 Fly, 200 Individual Medley, and the 50 Free on subsequent days.

As a result, the 15 year old swimmer qualified for the Great Britain team out right in the 200 IM S10 category and may still be selected to swim in other events by British Swimming. She is less than a second outside the 100 Back qualifying time even though she is the British record holder because the qualifying times are based on a percentage of the world record for each event and disability category.

For Tully, however, the highlights of the Sheffield meet included winning a silver medal in the senior 400 Freestyle race, beating Olympic Champion Ellie Simmonds, and winning a Gold in the youth 400 Freestyle.

Tully competes in S10, SB9 and SM10 disability classifications. The classifications for physical disabilities range from 1 – 10, with 1 being the most severely physically disabled and 10 being the least. Swimmers have three classifications each: S10 is for Freestyle, Backstroke, and Butterfly; SB9 is for Breaststroke; and SM10 is for the Individual Medley as a disability affects each stroke differently.

A Year 11 student at The Royal School, Tully is on the Elite Swimming Squad as well as a boarder at the School. She attended the ‘Road to Rio’ camp in preparation for the 2016 Paralympic Games recently and the Olympic Trials in London last year and, although she did not make the 2012 squad due to injury, Tully’s age and determination will set her up well for the next Paralympics in 2016. The Royal School Wolverhampton is proud of Tully and all its students’ achievements.
The Royal believes in the development of the whole child – not only in academia. It is an essential part of the Royal’s success in providing an excellent, well-rounded education. The Royal School Wolverhampton believes in developing the individual. It is a unique school where students from the West Midlands, Great Britain and the world meet, learn, and achieve both academic and personal achievements.